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Health officials shut down Tulum vape vending machines

Tulum, Q. R. — The Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) continue in search of vape vending machines. Over the weekend, two were shut down in Tulum.

Emigdio Morales who heads Tulum Cofepris, explained that his staff deployed an operation at various points in Tulum to find the vending machines, which are now prohibited by presidential decree.

He added that the surveillance, campaign and operations consist of having strict sanitary control filters aimed at securing vapers that are sold in shops or vending machines.

He indicated that it is extremely important to disseminate messages through social networks and the media about the damage to health and the environment that these products generate.

Morales said that since the sale of vapes in Quintana Roo became against the law, authorities have increased surveillance operations, which this weekend, resulted in two vending machines being suspended with their respective Cofepris seals.

He added that fines for the vending machine owners range between 95,000 peso to 385,000, depending on the situation without defining what that was.

As of May 31, 2022, the sale of vaping products in the state of Quintana Roo became illegal. Morales says that there are not any vape or tobacco heater products that have health authorization from Cofepris or recognition by the Ministry of Health as an alternative to tobacco use.